32 players will struggle for 23 spots in the Super Eagles to AFCON in SA.
The Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has released a list of 32 players that will battle for the 23 spots in the Super Eagles’ squad to the 29th Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa, which will take place from January 19 to February 10 2013.
Following a meeting with the NFF Technical Committee in Abuja on Friday, where he defended the list, Keshi rolled out a squad containing 14 home-based professionals and 18 overseas-based players.
The Skipper is Joseph Yobo, who also represented Nigeria at the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations finals, and is Nigeria’s record international player with 89 caps.
Africa’s football-governing body, CAF, has given all 16 teams playing in the final tournament until midnight of January 9 to submit their final list of 23 players for the showpiece.
Already, the NFF has finalised arrangements for international friendlies with Catalonia and Cape Verde, the former to take place on January 2, 2013; while the clash with surprise Cup of Nations finalists, Cape
Verde, will come up on January 9 – the same day Keshi will announce his final list.
Following Friday’s meeting, Chairman of the NFF Technical Committee, Chris Green, explained that 14 home boys will travel to Portugal and will be joined by 10 overseas-based professionals for the clash
with Catalonia on January 2, with the remaining eight foreign-based stars to link up with the squad on January 4.
The full list of players
Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Daniel Akpeyi (Heartland FC, Nigeria)
Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (FC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Benjamin Francis (Heartland FC, Nigeria); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Solomon
Kwambe (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Danny Shittu (Millwall FC, England); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria)
Midfielders: Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Raheem Lawal (Adana Demirspor, Turkey); Obiora Nwankwo (Calcio Padova, Italy); Fegor Ogude
(Valerenga FC, Norway); Reuben Gabriel (Kano Pillars, Nigeria); Rabiu Ibrahim (Celtic FC, Scotland)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Emmanuel Emenike (Spartak Moscow, Russia); Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Uche Kalu (Rizespor, Turkey); Bright Dike
(Portland Timbers, USA); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle FC, England); Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal FC, Spain); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria); Sunday Mba (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria)